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The current releases are DM Electrical RT 1.1, DM Electrical 8.4, DM HVAC 7.3, and DM Plumbing 4.1. We are not adding new features to these releases.

The next releases will be DM Electrical RT 1.2, DM Electrical 8.5, DM HVAC 7.4, and DM Plumbing 4.2 We are actively working on these release and using this wishlist to guide which features we implement. Some features you see marked as “complete” will not be available until these releases are finished.

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  1. Locate and edit schedules within groups to create T.I. voltage drop and other schedules that don't include the entire project.

    When there is T.I. work within a large project you want to show only the the voltage drop for the TI space. You have to deselect all the equipment not in the space one at a time to show a voltage drop schedule for just the TI work. What if you could group the panels in a similar way to luminaires so that the TI voltage drop or fault schedule has only the TI panels, without disabling the ability to show a schedule for the main project or another TI within that project.

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    • 3 votes
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      • Provide Weight or Area of Ducts in Takeoffs

        Weight of ducts in HVAC Takeoffs provide a very simple way to estimate cost of projects.

        Or, add an option to calculate square feet of sheet metal ductwork.

        4 votes
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        • Count devices connected to recurring panels

          Have schedule quantities and takeoffs count the number of items connected to recurring panels.

          2 votes
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          • Acoustical Calculations

            Add acoustical calculations to the ductwork.

            2 votes
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            • Unique ID for all Feeders and Branch Circuits

              Have a way to make a unique cable ID for every feeder, branch circuit and low voltage circuit. For example P-MCC1-001 for the power cable fed from MCC1 or PT-FLOWGAS-003 for a pressure transmitter.

              I'm working on a big industrial plant where I need a have a cable number for every cable in the plant.

              I would like to have the ID on the one line, plan view drawing and export to Excel.

              10 votes
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              • Right click when entering Duct Labels to Rotate Label

                Similar to how you can right click to add leader lines when labeling diffusers, it would be helpful to be able to right click duct labels to rotate them instead of making this a two step process. Also, rotating it would remove the arrow that sometimes accompanies the duct label.

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                • Change Room Names from the Zone Tree or Floor Tree

                  Be able to right click or slow-double-click on a room name in the Zone Tree or Floor Tree to be able to change it

                  15 votes
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                  • Arc-flash label sizes

                    Be able to change the size of the arc-flash labels to fit a specific size.

                    8 votes
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                    • Compare Number of Balancing Dampers with Diffusers

                      A simple command that checks the number of volume dampers to the number of diffusers/grilles/registers in the database.

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                      • Tick marks for more than 1-pole, wire callouts for > #12

                        Add another option to "Homerun wire callouts and tick marks" labeled "Tick marks for more than 1-pole , wire callouts for > #12".

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                        • Different Layers for Schedule Headers

                          Be able to set a different layer for the schedule header and subheaders.

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                          • 4 votes
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                            • Do "Amps by Phase" using calculated loads on high-leg delta panels

                              High-leg delta panels are always unbalanced. The balanced 3-phase amps we display is not a good number to use when sizing these panels. The connected amps by phase does not account for largest motor loads or continuous loads.

                              Add the ability to determine the amps by phase using calculated loads. The largest motor, lighting, and continuous loads would all be calculated at 125%. All other loads would be calculated at 100%.

                              12 votes
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                              • Improve Indoor Lighting Level Report

                                Add "Allowed Watts / SF" as a field to rooms.

                                Add "Allowed Watts / SF" and "Total Allowed Watts" as columns to the indoor lighting schedule.

                                Add a "Totals" row at the bottom that totals the area, allowed watts, and computed watts.

                                3 votes
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                                • Redundant Ground

                                  Add "Redundant Ground" as an option for receptacles. Would add an additional ground wire to the tick marks and add an "RG" or similar label to the receptacle itself.

                                  10 votes
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                                  • Photometric calculation schedule

                                    I would like to suggest that the photometric calculation schedule be a combined schedule for all rooms instead of a dedicated schedule for each single room/space (or both options be available). We are typically asked to provide a single schedule that lists the room/space name in the first column and then the various footcandle columns.

                                    4 votes
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                                    • Insert Devices via command line

                                      Be able to insert a receptacle/device without picking it from the 'Insert Receptacle' form. A command followed by the device name would prompt the user to place the receptacle like they just clicked "OK" after selecting a device.

                                      4 votes
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                                      • A spreadsheet like table, simular to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation fields by panel, as they move to the final

                                        A spreadsheet like table, similar to the fault calculations, that shows all the load calculation categories by panel, as they move to the final service calculation. We could then turn the load calculation footer off on the panel schedules and include this summary table in the drawings. It would also be great to figure out how the loads are adding up.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Lighting loads - additional options

                                          I like the recent addition of the general lighting loads, but there are a couple of additional things that I would like to see related to that.

                                          1. I think that the calculated load should include the greater of the general lighting load or the connected lighting load. The NEC states that the values for the general lighting loads are minimum values and that they may not be adequate.

                                          Ok, so this is probably a low priority because the NEC values are pretty conservative. With the increased adoption of energy conservation codes it becomes less likely that the connected lighting…

                                          6 votes
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